Following their move from Slough in 2006, the Trustees of the Bernardine Cistercian Sisters are pleased to announce that St. Bernard’s Preparatory School, Slough, will be transferred to the lay Trusteeship of St. Benedict’s School, Ealing, with effect from 1st January 2019.

The Headmaster of St. Bernard’s Preparatory School, Mr. Nathan Cheesman, said, ‘We welcome this exciting new development in the history of St. Bernard’s. We look forward to continuing our commitment to the highest quality of Catholic Education under the trusteeship of St. Benedict’s School, celebrating the talents and gifts of each child, enabling them to develop to their potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.’

Mr. Andrew Johnson, Headmaster of St. Benedict’s School, confirmed, ‘We are delighted to be assuming the Trusteeship of St. Bernard’s, and can see significant benefit to both schools coming from this new partnership. We look forward to working together with the excellent team at St. Bernard’s to help the school go from strength to strength’

3rd September 2018


Posted on September 3, 2018 .

Mass times and news during the closed time

Until further notice, Mass at Hyning will be at 8:45 am.  Vigils will be at 8:05 each night as well.  Sr. Mary Bernard is away at the moment so please contact her after the 1st August for any booking enquiries as she will not have access to email while away.  We hope all our guests and friends enjoy a time of rest during this time also.  

Prayer For Holiday Season
Loving Lord, thank You so much for holiday times and the wonder and excitement that they engender in all our hearts, and we just what to praise You for all the goodness and grace You generously pour out on us and all people,– and specially we thank You for the many blessings we gain from these important times of holiday fun and family reunion.

I remember the many feast days and times of rejoicing that You planned for Your people Israel and we bless You that we too have holiday days and holiday seasons, when our inner soul can be refreshed and rejuvenated.. in a relaxed atmosphere, when we are surrounded by precious friends and family members – and which provides us with such a special opportunities of close fellowship and communal fun.

At this holiday season we particularly remember those that are alone, or ill or going through times of stress or difficulty, and pray that You would draw very close to each and every one. Let them know Your special peace in their heart and give to each one Your sufficient grace.

We thank You that You are a God that answers prayer and we give You all the praise and glory in Jesus name,

Posted on July 21, 2018 .


it seems ages since I've posted on here but don't forget to check out our Facebook page and group for news as well.  These are a few photos of the garden day in May.  This was attended by over 200 people!


Community 2017 - 2018.  

There will be some changes in our community in August.  Sr. Reina will be moving to Brownshill in August.  Sr. Hilda, came in May in preparation for Solemn Profession, will return there to make her profession on the 19th August.  We will welcome a new sister sometime after August from one of our houses in Asia as well.  

Last weekend we had an excellent weekend welcoming young men interested in the priesthood.  The vocation discernment weekend was organised by Fr. James Preston of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and several dioceses were represented over the weekend.  

We close for a few weeks in July so don't forget to keep an eye on events before and after that.  

Posted on June 25, 2018 .

Card making day June 5th

Cost £10  or £16   (Materials included) Tea/Coffee and refreshments  provided.

Bring a packed lunch (£10) or book in for a cooked lunch. (£16)

10—4 p.m. Art Studio at Hyning

Posted on May 19, 2018 .


Happy Feast.  May the Holy Spirit breathe peace, joy and happiness into your lives this Pentecost

Posted on May 19, 2018 .

Power cuts

Phones will be down tomorrow - Wed 21st February, as there is a power cut scheduled 8:30 - 3:30 pm!

Posted on February 20, 2018 .

News of Fr. Michael


In February Fr. Michael came back to see his old friends (not just the cats!) and the community of course.  It was lovely to have him back even for the day.  

Posted on February 17, 2018 .

Oblates' day on Saturday

From Benedict to Bernardine

Here is an outline of the programme for the day.

8:30 a.m.   Mass

10:00 a.m.  Coffee available

10:30 – 11:50 a.m. Benedict and the monastic movement in the early Middle Ages

12:05 p.m. Midday office followed by Lunch

1:45 p.m. The Cistercians and reform movement of the Middle Ages

(Break in the middle sometime)

3:00 p.m. (approx.) - The Bernardines….

3:35 p.m. (approx.) Tea with the community

4:45 p.m. Vespers (optional!)

Posted on January 21, 2018 .

News of Fr. Michael

Many of you will know already that Fr. Michael McKenna, chaplain at Hyning since 1994, had to  leave us in October because of health problems. He is now back home with the Mill Hill Fathers at the following address:

Rev. M. McKenna MHM

Herbert House

41, Victoria Road



L37 1LW

He would be delighted to receive letters, a phone call and or/a visit! We thank him for his discreet and faithful service over many years.

Posted on December 5, 2017 .

Phones are working

Apologies for the lack of phone system over the past few days.  There was a fault in the system (not BT this time!)   It is now working again!  

Posted on October 19, 2017 .

No phone system!

Hyning phone system down till Tues pm!! Don't bother trying to ring us, sorry for any inconvenience. Internet still working!  Please email Sr. Mary Bernard for urgent enquiries.  if you send a mobile number we can ring you back if needed!  Aplogies.  

Posted on October 15, 2017 .

New Church in Goma

On the 19th September, the new church in Goma was consecrated.  Here is a gallery of some of the images taken on the day. 



Posted on September 26, 2017 .

New sister

Here is the new sister we mentioned in last week's news... Welcome to Hyning Sr. Marie Genevieve




Posted on September 13, 2017 .

September news

It seems a long time since we posted news on this page.  You can get regular news on our Facebook page as well don't forget.  We have a page you can look at - Bernardines. We also have a group Bernardine Cistercian and you are very welcome to join either or both groups.  

In August Sr. Anne Chantal was named back to La Plaine and Sr Marie Genevieve has taken her place, photo coming soon!  Next week we have a re-organisation of work to start off our new Bernardine year.  We have had lots of changes of Prioresses across the Order but the 2 English sisters remained n place!   Though both houses have had changes of sisters.  

During July and August, there were meetings of all our juniors and novices (of 6 months) at the Mother House at La Plaine, France.  The sessions were greatly appreciated by the young ones of Europe, Asia and Africa.  

We have officially reopened so don't forget to check our programme page for news of the events coming up.  The first one is the Christmas Card making day on the 10th October.  It's never too soon to start Christmas cards or make mince pies!!  

We do not forget to pray for all our guests and we hope to see lots of you soon!  

Posted on September 5, 2017 .